Workplace sexual harassment have been on the rise for both women and men. Women top the chart of being victimized in majority of the cases. Earlier there isn’t much medium through which women can log their sexual harassment complaints but Govt launches a new initiative portal. This portal will help women to report the problem they face in the workplace.
Following the complaint, immediate remedy will be provided to those who have been impacted. This online portal has been launched by the Women and Child Development ministry specifically to benefit the Central government women associates to file complaints related to sexual harassment at the workplace.
‘SHe-box’ (sexual harassment electronic box)
The title of the initiative is “SHe-box” short for Sexual harassment electronic box made into an online complaint management system hostel on the website of the Women and Child Development Ministry. This is in reliance with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.
For now, this facility is available to all the women employees of the central government. Govt has announced that this will be also be available to private section workplace in a couple of months’ time. Later to that, women employees from both Govt as well as Private sectors will benefit through this.
Once after a complaint is received in the “SHe-box”, it will be redirected to the internal complaints committee (ICC) of the ministry/department/PSU/respective autonomous body and they will inquire into the matter without any delay.
There are necessary measures taken care to make the portal as interactive as possible. It will be use friendly in nature, so that you and me can lodge a complaint directly without any need of assistance to fill the complaint from anybody else.
It is estimated that there are around 3 lakh women employees present, according to the census of Central Government Employees 2011 and the total workforce of both women and men are 30.87 lakh employees in the Union Government.
“The ultimate motto of “SHe-box” program is that to ensure every one of us have a hassle-free workplace. This internal complaint committee will receive complaints of sexual harassment made to women in the workplace.”, says Ms. Gandhi senior official in the program.
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